Subaru Outback vs. GMC Terrain

The Subaru Outback Covers More Terrain than the Competition

An icon in the automotive industry for more than 20 years, the Subaru Outback is an all-wheel utility vehicle that deftly blends comfort, versatility, and off-road capability. With comfortable seating for five, ample cargo capacity, and long list of standard and available features, it's the perfect road companion for Atlanta and East Cobb drivers; whether they're running errands around the city, or headed out of town for a weekend adventure.

As the standard setter in its segment, Outback draws comparisons from many other models. One such competitor is the GMC Terrain. As its name suggests, the Terrain looks to oppose the Outback in the off-road-ready crossover market, but how does it really measure up?

Subaru Outback vs. GMC Terrain: Utility

The hallmark of a great utility vehicle is its versatility; its ability to comfortably carry passengers and all their stuff as well. In this category, the Subaru Outback offers greater capacity and more spacious front and rear seating than the GMC Terrain. 

  • With all seats in place, Outback delivers 35.5 cubic-feet of cargo room, while the Terrain offers just 29.6 cubic-feet.
  • Examining maximum cargo capacity reveals more of the same with the outback delivering 10 cubic-feet more room than the Terrain.
  • Outback offers more head room, leg room, hip room, and shoulder room than GMC Terrain, both up front and in the rear.
  • Need even more room for your adventures? Outback comes with standard roof rails and a tow rating of 2,700 pounds. The Terrain is only rated to tow 1,500 pounds; and, while you can get roof rails on the Terrain, they're only on upper trim levels.

Subaru Outback vs GMC Terrain: Performance

  • Like almost all Subaru vehicles, the Outback comes with standard symmetrical full-time all-wheel drive. AWD is available on the Terrain, but only with a much more significant investment.
  • The Outback also delivers advanced technology for enhanced capability, like Hill Descent Control, and the Subaru-exclusive X-MODE system for extra grip on ascents, descents, and slippery surfaces.
  • If it's fuel efficiency you're looking for, Outback delivers. The base model Outback comes with a 175-horsepower engine that gets an EPA-estimated 32 mpg on the highway. The base model Terrain has less horsepower (170), but only manages an EPA-estimated 30 mpg on the highway.
  • If it's raw horsepower you're in to, the Outback's got it. Outback 3.6R models come with a 3.6-liter six-cylinder engine that generates 256 horsepower-more than any engine offered on the Terrain.

Subaru Outback vs GMC Terrain Safety Tech

Subaru is famous for its dedication to safety, and that commitment shines through in the Outback's standard feature set. No matter which Outback trim level you select, you get Subaru's EyeSight suite of driver assistance technologies. These features include:

  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Forward collision warning
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane-departure warning
  • Lane-keeping assist

You can't get any of these systems on the Terrain unless you pay more…a lot more.


Experience the Difference: Test Drive a Subaru Outback near Alpharetta and Roswell GA

If you're in the market for a versatile utility vehicle, with ample seating, loads of cargo room, tons of great standard features, and plenty of off-road capability, the Subaru Outback is sure to fit the bill. Come visit Classic Subaru of Atlanta to take one for a test drive and see for yourself why named the Outback to its 2019 list of Best Midsize SUVs*. We'll be happy to show you around.


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